Today we continue our study, verse by verse, through the Book of Romans. If you missed yesterday’s edition you can find it on
Today we are working through the second phrase of Romans 1:1
“Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus.”
The first bit of identification Paul gives his readers among the Romans is that he is a “servant”. The Greek word is Dulos and its connotation is a little different from the modern definition of “servant”.
Here is what Paul really means when he says he is a servant-
” I Paul am …a slave, a bondman, a man of servile condition.
I Paul am…one who gives himself up to Christ… whose service is used by Christ in extending and advancing his cause among men.
I Paul am…devoted to Christ to the disregard of my own interests.
You see, Christianity is not an episode of Downton Abbey. Paul’s not talking about polishing Jesus’ silver or shining Jesus’ sandals.
Christianity is about falling so desperately in love with the Lover of our souls that we will do anything to live for Him even if that means dying.
Jim Elliot a Christian missionary and martyr wrote these fateful words shortly before his death at the hands of the very people he was ministering to. “He is no fool who gives up those things which he cannot keep to gain those things which he cannot lose.”
That in a nutshell is being a servant of Christ.
Sure it’s a lot scarier.This is the Christianity which has drawn billions to the throne of God. Come and join Paul. Be a servant of Christ. The cost is never higher than the return.
“I assure you that when the world is made newi and the Son of Manj sits upon his glorious throne, you who have been my followers will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 29And everyone who has given up houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or property, for my sake, will receive a hundred times as much in return and will inherit eternal life. 30But many who are the greatest now will be least important then, and those who seem least important now will be the greatest then. “